Gen Z, The Corona Diaries: Look at What We've Done to the Environment

By Kaushik, 18, Tampa, Florida 

As a current freshman in college, I am spending a good deal of my time studying for and wrapping up my classes as the semester comes to an end. As I do not leave the house very often, I have been able to explore my interest in cooking and have used this time at home to try out new recipes for myself and my family. I feel very fortunate to be in a position that I am not worried about where my next meal if going to come from or if I will have a job soon, as I still have some time before that becomes one of my concerns.

Living in Florida, which has been one of the first states to reopen after this event, I have mixed feelings. On one hand I feel as though it is dangerous and risky to be resuming to our normal lives during a time of such uncertainty and adversity, nobody, not even experts know what our future holds. I am very glad that there is some action being taken although I do believe it seems premature to be opening up the country without what it seems any true preventative measures.

The future is very unpredictable at the moment and I feel as though the economy will resume, it will never be the same as it once was. As a member of the Generation Z it seems as though a lot of people will begin to understand how doable it is to actually work from home and there will be a major decrease in office commuting as we know it. Another thing that I have noticed, while though it has been used as a joke somewhat, is that the world and the environment itself is actually healing.

One issue that I do care about deeply is the environment and that is one positive aspect of what is going on during this dark time. I hope that once this is all over, we as a society will see how much harm we have truly caused the environment and how we can fix the damage we have done. I can only hope that this pandemic comes to an end as soon as possible and it is clear that the impact of this will be long lasting.

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